Catalonia launches own awards show


BARCELONA -- With an eye toward rivaling such established events as Madrid's Goyas and London's BAFTAs, Catalonia's College of Film Directors has decided to hold its own yearly awards ceremony.

The inaugural event, to be staged Jan. 12, 2009, will honor the best in Catalan cinema.

Joel Juan, new president of the College of Catalan Cinema Directors, said that Barcelona does not need the likes of Woody Allen -- who recently filmed "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" here -- to put the region on the map.

"We do not need Woody Allen to publicize the city. What we need is to show off our own talent, our own directors, our own producers, our own actors," said Juan, an actor and producer with Barcelona-based Arriska Films.

The college is composed of 120 directors. It will create a special Catalan Cinema Academy for the awards ceremony. Members include Mediapro boss Juame Roures and Filmax Entertainment president Julio Fernandez.